Do you really believe Joe Torre or Don Mattingly could have taken that rag-tag bunch of wanna-be’s, never-were’s and utilitymen to the 2000 Olympics and beat the heavily favored Cubans to win Gold for the USA? No way, Jose! Some people admire Donnie’s calmness. That’s just the way he is. Very little emotion. Unflappable, some would say. That’s not always a good thing!
Is Kirk Gibson calm? Is Joe Girardi calm? For that matter, even Bruce Bochy can get riled. I wouldn’t call Ron Washington calm. Tony LaRussa? Tommy? Walter Alson was stoic, but that was a different time, different team. Some times you need a Lou Pinella or Leo the Lip… although I do admit that some of those guys can wear out their welcome quickly.
In the 2010-11 season, the head coach of the Indiana Pacers was Jim O’Brien, a respected, knowledgeable, long-time NBA guy. He started out 17-27 and was replaced by Frank Vogel who was 20-12 that year. 42 and 24 the next and 49-32 this year as his team now starts the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Frank is now 39 and is a fiery little-guy who commands the players respect. He’s calm when he has to be and wild when he needs to be. The Dodgers need a manager like that.
Look, this is not a personal attack on Don Mattingly. He’s a great guy – high character – fellow Hoosier. He’s just not the guy to lead this team. This team needs someone with an edge. Someone like Tony LaRussa, not Tim Wallach. But Tony’s best days are behind him. Would the Dodgers want him for a year or two. Maybe… but the guy I think would be the prefect manager of the Dodgers is currently the manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts, Jody Reed.
He’s got a lot of Frank Vogel in him. Maybe the Dodgers could bring in LaRussa to caddy for him for a year. The way I see it, Mattingly and Hillman have to go. Then Wallach can take over as bench coach.
Jody Reed. Write it down.
- Clayton Kershaw dropped his ERA to a Koufax-esque 1.35!
- Want proof that Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier read this blog? I talked bad (crazy) about them yesterday. They read it, got pissed off and went out and hit Big Flies! I know it was my doing.
- Dee Gordon is not a major league hitter or a shortstop. Those are his only two weaknesses.